It's probably the ugliest stretch of highway, and one of the most difficult to navigate, but for lots of us, it's the only way to get to where you're going. And once you get used to it, you start to find some gems. Okay, some of them are certainly not secrets--like Trader Joe's, if you're northbound. (That's the weird thing about 17--it's so hard to get to whatever is on the other side, that you pretty much only do what is on your side of the highway.) Then there's the Fireside Restaurant, which is a good place if you're not a vegetarian. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, and onion rings. I like that they have a condiment table with these amazing lightly pickled cucumbers, and huge slices of onions. If you need to pick up any alcohol (or cheese) for wherever you're headed, Bottle King is a great stop (also northbound). They have great wines for great deals. And they have cheese samples, always a plus for Clara.
(That's a button for kids to press that makes the train go around on the elevated track at the Fireplace.)